Lush Life

Lush Life

Large Print - 2009 | Large print ed
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It's 2003, and after eight years downtown, Eric Cash is falling further and further behind in his plans to become an actor. Or a writer. Or a restaurateur. To become anything but what he is--the oldest employee at Caf̌ Berkmann. So if the new bartender pissed him off, who could blame him? Ike Marcus had confidence. He had hustle. Most of all, in a neighborhood where thirty is the new fifty, Ike was young. Then one evening a street kid from the "other" Lower East Side stepped up to them and pulled a gun. Ike's last words were "Not tonight, my man." At least, that's Eric's version.
Publisher: Detroit : Large Print Press, 2009, c2008
Edition: Large print ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION PRI PBK
Characteristics: 705 p. (large print) ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781594133053
1594133050

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10000mefest
Apr 05, 2017

I read this book in 2009. This is a review I wrote on it at the time.

I heard about this book on NPR. Comments on the radio during an interview with the author included discussion about his amazing "voice" in the book. This included his grasp of New York ghetto slang as well as "cop speak". This intrigued me as a writer. Richard Price had experience living in New York ghettos and he researched the book by riding around with cops, etc.
After reading the book I also was struck by the detail and dialogue. I enjoy writing dialogue and I agree, that Price is very good.

All in all, this isn't my usual cup of tea..., New York crime stories, etc. But this book was very engaging. I don't see why it wouldn't make a good movie---there is a lot of "meat" to work with here for a project like that.

*Recommended!

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Stalebread
Sep 24, 2015

Got a bit tedious in the last third. Caught myself skimming just to finish it.

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missbaseball
Dec 12, 2013

Richard Price has a habit of looking at the not so pretty side of life. He's such a good writer you don't mind too much.

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toby65
Sep 22, 2012

Beautiful. 5 stars.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

Wonderful. Read if only for the dialogue.

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